State requesting better groundwater conservation in Shasta County

Nov 6, 2015 12:56 PM by News Staff

The Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resource Quality Control Board held a meeting in Redding Thursday, discussing Shasta County’s need to better manage its groundwater resources amid the on-going drought.

Two sub-basins in Shasta County have been listed as groundwater sources with medium to high priority, meaning there could be an issue with water quality, or the amount of water being pumped.

The basins are in Anderson and Enterprise and they both supply water to districts across the county.

The city of Redding uses 30 percent of groundwater resources and Anderson relies completely on groundwater.

Thursday’s meeting follows the Sustainable Management Act, which passed in 2014 and calls for better measurement and reporting of water use and water quality. It is the first law of its kind passed in California, and is expected to ensure there are enough reliable water resources across the state.

Redding Public Works Director Brian Crane says he is working with other water districts in Shasta County to discuss how they will form a groundwater sustainability agency.

The City of Redding and nearby water districts who draw from the two sub-basins have until 2017 to form the groundwater sustainability agency.


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